2018 Featured Authors and Speakers
Iric Nathanson is the author of a 2018 biography entitled Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader. He worked as an aide to Don Fraser for eleven years. He is the author of five books on local history, including his 2009 book, Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century, which was a MN Book Award finalist. Iric’s articles have appeared in Minnesota History, Hennepin County History, and the Star Tribune. He also writes a history feature for the online daily MinnPost. Iric is a fourth generation Minnesotan who grew up on the Jewish North-side where his grandfather, Ben Nathanson, first settled in the 1880s.
Nick Hayes is a writer, professor and commentator for the media. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published nationally and internationally in
newspapers, magazines and journals. He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT’s) Television and Democracy in Russia. Today, he is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota and is a contributing writer for http://www.MinnPost.com. Nick’s novel, And One Fine Morning, is a memoir of his father, life in the fifties seamlessly woven into the larger tapestry of life as an Irish American.
Peter Geye loves the North Shore of Lake Superior! All three of his novels are set in that beautiful, harsh and
potentially deadly landscape. His characters are complex and compelling and they linger with readers long after the book is closed. There is little doubt why his writing has been compared to that of Jack London and Jon Krakauer.
Wintering, which received the MN Book award in 2017, is a spellbinding adventure and mystery, as well as an examination of how the past haunts us. A father and son embark on a camping trip seeking to recreate the experience of the famed tough men known as “winterers” who braved Minnesota winters in the wilderness. Things just don’t go as planned! His two prior novels are Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road.
Faith Sullivan is the author eight novels, including Gardenias, The Cape Ann, What a Woman Must Do, and most recently, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse . A “demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds,” Faith is also an indefatigable champion of literary culture
and her fellow writers.
Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, and The Deep Dark Descending. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, MN Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silv Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 20 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.